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Help with CVs and applications for a job or postgraduate course

Creating your CV, writing a cover letter or completing an application form for a job or applying for a postgraduate course can all be tricky things to get started with.

A CV and/online professional profile such as LinkedIn is your way of advertising your strengths and experience that demonstrate that you are right for that employer/internship/placement/job/PG course.

The advice above is the same for application forms, whether you are applying to an employer or applying to a postgraduate course.

Ensure you are demonstrating your strengths with evidence and scenarios and not just listing your skills and strengths.

An example of this would be when saying that you are a “good communicator”. That is a fantastic strength, but make sure you are evidencing this. Find the best example from previous experience and focus on how you made a positive impact/outcome.

Choosing the right examples and checking they are written in a way that shows off your skills and strengths are the types of things you might want to talk through with your Careers Consultant.

Once you have made a start with your CV/application, we would encourage you to get this checked before submitting/ ‘going live’ with this online.

The best way to do this is to request feedback from a careers consultant:

For advice on a CV, LinkedIn profile, cover letter or application form for a job or postgraduate study.

  1. Upload your draft document to Careerslink: My Account > My documents > Documents for a careers guidance appointment. (For a LinkedIn profile just send the link in your email)
  2. Please email us with your student ID number and some information about the job or course you are applying for. Please mention in the email that you have uploaded your document to Careerslink.
  3. Your email request will be sent to a careers consultant who will send a reply within 5 working days.

Any problems please email us or use our webchat